Tom & Jerry Creator Gene Deitch Dies

Tom & Jerry Creator Gene Deitch Dies

The 95-year-old Gene Deitch, the creator of Tom and Jerry, Popeye and Munro, died today in his apartment in Prague's Little Quarter neighbourhood. Deitch was an American Oscar-winning illustrator, animator, film director and producer. His death news saddened the animation lovers and his creation of immortal characters will make us smile forever.

Back in 1960, Deitch's movie Munro won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and ee was also nominated for the same award twice in 1964 for Here's Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship. Gene Deitch was born 8 August 1924 in Chicago. The interesting fact is that Deitchame to Prague in 1959 for a 10-day stay but he fell in love with a woman named Zdenka and stayed in the Czechoslovakian capital for her, followed by wedding.

The couple were childless and have survived with three sons from Deitch's first marriage. All of his sons are cartoonists and illustrators. Deitch directed 13 episodes of Tom and Jerry and a few Popeye the Sailor series. In 2004, he received the Winsor McCay Award for his lifelong contribution to animation. His work has always kept the kid in us alive and he was the man behind all of our favourite cartoons. May his soul rest in peace.